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  1. News Conference to Launch Kansas City Museum’s Capital Campaign – March 13, 2017

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    Public announcement by City Officials, Board of Directors of the Kansas City Museum Foundation, and Kansas City Museum Staff on the launch of the “Making A Museum KC” Capital Campaign to raise private funds for the Kansas City Museum’s multi-year restoration and renovation project.

    Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, City Manager Troy Schulte, Parks Board Chair Jean-Paul Chaurand, Vice Chair of the Kansas City Museum Foundation Mary Davidson, Parks and Recreation Director Mark L. McHenry, and Kansas City Museum Executive Director Anna Marie Tutera will share more information.

    10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017

    Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64123

    Members of the media are encouraged to attend to learn about the “Making A Museum KC” Capital Campaign, early champions of the project including the announcement of a major gift commitment for Corinthian Hall, and how supporters can contribute to the Campaign. In addition, Anna Marie Tutera will introduce new project team members and share information about an Open House on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Kansas City Museum.

    Anna Marie Tutera, (816) 513-7568 or anna.tutera@kcmo.org

  2. Starlight Theatre Offers Spring Break Options for Grades 1-12

    SpringBreakCamp2016_StarlightTheatreStarlight Theatre is trying something new during Spring Break 2017. In past years, Starlight’s Spring Break Camp was open for youth ages 6 to 14. However, recognizing the interests, skills and schedules of aspiring young artists varied significantly across that age range, Starlight decided to customize its theatre arts education options in 2017:

    • Spring Break Camp is now for children in grades 1 to 5.
      As in previous years, two camp sessions are offered to unleash children’s creativity and talents. Kansas City kids can attend Starlight’s Spring Break Camp during the weeks of March 13-17 or March 20-24. Led by theatre professionals, campers explore acting, singing and dance; rehearse and create sets, props and costumes for a production to be staged for family and friends at the end of the week; and enjoy fun theatre games to enhance their skills.The five-day camp meets from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Before and after care are available for an additional fee. The enrollment fee is $225, and no previous performance experience is required. Register online for Spring Break Camp or call 816.997.1134 with questions.
    • NEW! Spring Break Master Classes for youth in grades 6 to 12.
      For the first time during spring break, Starlight will offer a series of three half-day master classes for students in middle and high school. Each master class will focus on a different genre of musical theatre, including Golden Age, Contemporary and Pop-Rock. Because the focus differs each day, students may attend one, two or all three master classes offered March 14-16 or March 21-23.

    Professional teaching artists will help prepare young artists for auditions and performance in each genre. Students will use solo and group pieces to explore each style; vocal performance will be emphasized, with related movement and acting included. Participants will leave each master class with an awareness of terminology and trends, audition songs and an understanding of how to prepare their voices for the demands of musical theatre.

    Master classes for students in grades 6 to 8 meet from 9 a.m. to noon and cost $55 each. Classes for students in grades 9 to 12 meet from 1 to 5 p.m. and cost $70 each. Those who register for all three classes will receive a 10-percent discount. Register online for Spring Break Master Classes or call 816.997.1134 with questions.


  3. KC Parks Director Wins KC Arts Advocate Award

    IMG_1715KC Parks Director Mark L. McHenry received the Arts Advocate Award at the Arts KC Awards Luncheon on February 23, 2017.  Mark was one of three finalists for the prestigious award. {Link to finalist video; segment is at 1:02}

    “Drive down a Kansas City Boulevard, visit the zoo, go to the Liberty Memorial. These Kansas City landmarks have one thing in common— Director of Parks and Recreation, Mark McHenry. He is the steward of the city’s many cultural treasures. We recognize Mr. McHenry with the Advocate Award  for advancing arts and culture in our city.”

  4. Santa Fe Trail Marker Unveiled in Penn Valley Park

    16585383_746635412159709_1168037500271198208_nThe Kansas City Area Historic Trails Association dedicated a new wayside exhibit and two original plaques on the Westport Route of the Oregon-California-Santa Fe Historic Trails in Penn Valley Park on February 22.

    There are now more than 70 wayside exhibit markers relating to the National Historic Trails that pass through the Kansas City area.   The Kansas City Area Historic Trails Association has been directly involved on many of these projects as a part of our mission to preserve, interpret and promote the history of the National Historic Trails in the Greater Kansas City area.


  5. Old Red Bridge Love Locks Featured in 435 Magazine

    orb-locksJust in time for Valentine’s Day, the love locks on KC Parks historic Old Red Bridge in Minor Park are featured in 435 MagazineThe placing of love locks is a custom whereby couples affix a padlock to a bridge, fence, gate or similar fixture so pronouncing their unbreakable and everlasting love. Couples have been placing locks on the Old Red Bridge since February of 2013.  More than 2,500 locks are on the bridge today.
    Read the article online>> 


    Old Houe Expo 2017 Advertisment smallHistoric Kansas City and the Young Preservationists, KC are pleased to present the third annual Old House Expo at the Kansas City Museum. This exciting, one-day event is packed with information and networking opportunities for old-house enthusiasts. Tickets begin at $20.00 and are available for sale at eventbrite.com. Additional event details can also be found at historickansascity.org.

    The Old House Expo will feature on-site exhibitor booths with contractors, designers, craftsmen, lenders, realtors and nonprofit organizations all specializing in preserving, restoring, and renovating historic homes. Education sessions will include topics such as: window restoration, house maintenance, energy efficiency, chimney and masonry restoration, plaster repair workshop, and several rehabilitation case studies. In addition, Historic Kansas City volunteers will be offering research assistance to allow attendees to learn more about the history of their homes.

    This year, Historic Kansas City is thrilled to welcome special guests Tamara Day from Leawood, Kansas and her father, Ward Schraeder, as keynote speakers.  Tamara and Ward are the stars of Little Money Mansions on DIY Network.  Event sponsors include: Kansas City Museum, KC Parks, VisitKC, McCray Lumber and Stewart Title.

    About Historic Kansas City and Young Preservationists KC
    Historic Kansas City (HKC) is the only greater Kansas City nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the area’s heritage, neighborhoods and historic built environment. The Young Preservationists KC is an affiliate group of Historic Kansas City that strives to encourage and mobilize young preservationists through service, learning and advocacy.                              ###